L.A.N.D Exercises 


God’s strategic plan for his children as we walk this earth is for us to love one another. We do this by engaging in L.A.N.D. Exercises.  

Our L.A.N.D. Exercises – Loving, Accepting, Nurturing, and Discipling – the life of Christ flowing through us to others. 

 First, we love – we value highly each and every soul; we are patient and kind to all. Secondly, we accept each person at whatever stage of life they may be in; we love unconditionally. Thirdly, we nurture the life of God in each heart; we try to find out what each one needs in order to flourish. Finally, we disciple others; we find ways of bringing them along in the kingdom.

Loving. We do unto others as we would have them do unto us. We are patient and kind with everyone. We do not envy; we do not boast; we are not proud, rude or self seeking; we are not easily angered; we keep no record of wrongs; we do not delight in evil, but we rejoice in the truth; we bear all things, trust in all things, and hope in all things. 

Accepting. The first step in any relationship is acceptance of the other person right where they are in their walk of faith. We are all in different stages of our journey, and we should not demand that others meet an arbitrary standard of perfection before they are worthy of our love and acceptance. Christ did this for us when he invited us into the kingdom. He met us right where we were, came into our lives, and initiated the great eternal love affair that we now have with him. If he had waited for us to meet his standards of holiness before being worthy of a relationship with him, we would still be stuck in our sins.

Nurturing. As a mother or father deals with their children, we must also deal with others: we must often overlook faults and focus on nurturing each area of growth and grace that may be manifesting in the life of the ones we love. This requires prayerfulness, watchfulness, gentleness, and patience. People grow and change in their own time, in God’s good time, not on our time table or because we want or need them to grow or change.

Discipling. We look for opportunities to bring people along in the faith, to immerse people in the knowledge of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and to teach others to be obedient to the commands of Christ. 

 We practice and teach others to keep the faith, to walk in love, and to hope in our heavenly reward.

                   ~ Brad Heilhecker 

A.I.R Exercises 

If we are to live well the life that Our Father has granted us, we will need to take time each day to allow him to build us up in our spirits and souls. 

We need from Our Father Approbation, Inspiration, and Restoration – our A.I.R. Exercises.

Approbation: we need the loving approval of Our Father, to hear him praise us for the progress we are making in the faith. He will tell us when we are being good, when we are living a holy life, when we are behaving wisely, when we are growing in our faith, being filled with his Spirit, growing in grace and living by his power. We can praise him for all that he is and all that he does; we can remind him that we know that he is the Father of Lights who does not change like shifting shadows, that we know that every good and perfect gift comes from him.

Inspiration: we need to hear Our Father’s blessings on our life on a regular basis and to take time for our spirits to bless him. What blessings do we want to hear from him? What is the cry of our heart to him? God delights in those who persistently seek his blessing, just like Jacob did. Also, we need to bless the Lord from our deepest soul, to affirm our commitment to see that he is blessed by our lives, that he is able to live in and through us, that he reign omnipotent in his church, that his name is lifted up and glorified, that his word is proclaimed and honored, and that he is able to delight in us as we walk uprightly, abiding in Christ and walking in his truth.

Restoration: we need to let Our Father affirm his love for us on a regular basis and we need to take time to reciprocate his love – this is our life’s breath. He delights in letting us know how much he cherishes us, and we delight in letting him know how much we love him. He will tell us that we are his beloved children, that he is pleased with us, and that he delights in us. We in turn can tell him that we trust and obey him, that we love him, that we delight in him, and that we are pleased to be in relationship with him.

              ~Brad Heilhecker 

The Fruits Of The Spirit 


We already have all the Fruits of The Spirit within us. The Fruits represent God’s presence working within us. So when the enemy lies and tries to tell us we are missing or lacking in one of these things we can let him know he is a liar.

We have them ALL -they just have to be worked out and developed a little like building muscles.

If we stay connected to the Vine- Jesus; our fruit will be well developed and abundant.

* Below are my notes as I looked up the verses in the AMP, MSG, KJV & ESV translations for references. (Each Translation is also below)

Love (unconditional ; unselfish concern and affection for others)

Joy (Exuberance about life)

Peace (Serenity)

Patience (willingness to stick with things; long-suffering)

Kindness (a sense of compassion in the heart; gentleness)

Goodness (conviction that basic holiness permeates things and people)

Faithfulness (involved in loyal commitments; Faith)

Gentleness (not needing to force our way in life; meekness {strength under control})

Self-Control (able to marshal and direct our energies wisely; Temperance)

Fruits Of The Spirit=His Presence within us

             

             ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit the result of His presence within us is love unselfish concern for others, joy, inner peace, patience not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature together with its passions and appetites. If we claim to live by the Holy Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit. We must not become conceited, challenging or provoking one another, envying one another. AMP

Galatians 5:22-26 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original. MSG

Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. KJV

Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. ESV

*If you are in the NW Houston TX area- join us for Galatians Study 1.5.17 Thursdays 11 am- 1 pm.  Contact us on our website for details and to reserve your spot. 

Fitness


WORTHY THOUGHT: Physical and spiritual good health is essential for what God has planned for you.

Our physical health is susceptible to disease and injury, but we need our faith to sustain through these tough times. Physical exercise is important but spiritual exercise is more essential. Both discipline and devotion are needed to make you effective as a healthy Christian. 

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for the both present life and the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:8)
Stop being a gambler with your health, and instead be an investor to take care of your body, mind, and spirit. -Joyce Meyer

I believe this statement Joyce Meyer said is to take care of your physical body and your spirit body. Your Spirit body is the temple where the Holy Spirit resides. 

Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s spirit dwells in your midst? (1 Corinthians 3:16) 

Paul also wrote; Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? Your are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.(1 Corinthians 6:20)

We never outgrow the nourishing milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:2) 

But we cannot grow physically unless we also have solid healthy food, eating and exercising; it takes both. 

So wether you eat and drink or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

We all know the more fit and healthy we are the more we be better able to sustain ourselves for the long haul. God needs us to be spiritually healthy to be a good witness.

God cares about our fitness so we can be a good witness! 

          ~Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Removing The Junk


Today we are ReSharing an archive in The DARE series by Lereca Monik.  

Be encouraged today to remove the junk and make more room for His power! 

Enjoy the beautiful picture by Beauty Beyond Bones and check out and follow their blog too!

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Be Soul Beautiful! ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Read more about Power Here

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I Want To Be Where You Are

  
What if you started off each day with that declaration??

I Want To Be Where You Are

I wake up and shout this out loud. Okay, maybe after the kids and husband have left for the day I start shouting. 

Let’s go to Jazzercise, Jesus!!” I whisper as I get ready to leave. 
I chuckle as I imagine if He would be wearing His customary brown robe we all see him portrayed in the movies.  
I got to admit that kinda tripped me up trying to visualize him jumping and grooving to the music with a robe flapping around. 
I started to imagine him in old fashion peddle pushers like the men wore in the 1800’s. I don’t know why I took him to George Washington’s era but that’s where we went. 

Then I saw him wearing brown loose pants and a button down brown shirt. 
I noticed it took my mind to things I didn’t think about before. I could see in my minds eye Jesus walking around touching the ladies on their heads. As if the touch reminded them He loved them and delighted in who they were. 
It caused me to join Him and pray a quick prayer over the ladies to bless them and draw each of them closer to Him. All of this being done while I am trying to keep up with the moves and steps of the instructor. 

This is why I am always in the back!!! 

It’s best for everyone I am there

Next stop is the store. Jesus accompanies me as I run to get a few groceries. As I walk around I am aware more than I have ever been before of the people in the store. One by one I pass them. Jesus and I smile and agree together that God has good good plans for them and we declare that anything stopping them from their destinies will be cast aside. We proclaim that they will experience a relationship with their Creator and Company. (Holy Spirit & Jesus)

It’s just a simple fun way to bring Him into your everyday life!!

I am reminded that our minds are powerful and really determine the outcome of each day. 

Will we chose to keep our eyes fixed on Him or the circumstances of life that weigh us down and bring us into fear or anxiety? 
I think Jesus likes shopping!! We are going there again tomorrow and will see what happens!!

Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Place this verse in your front and center data brain base!!

If you find yourself not motivated to take Jesus out of your house with you for the day then pray and ask for a desire to want to be with Him!!

Say this prayer and play this song today and see what happens!!!

 ~Keep Grooving with Jesus, 

(He Has Miraculous Moves) 

    Kelley Allison 

Lord, 

        Wake us up and put a hot fire under us to thirst for you and desire you!! We are running after you. My soul longs to be where you are today. ~Me 

Chris McClarney
Running After You (Deep Calls)
http://youtu.be/ZaSSXpRcoH4

Story

  
 

Define

Story can be defined as an account of past events in someone’s life or in the evolution of something.

 

Affirm

Psalms 107:2 “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe.

 

Recall

Yesterday’s post encouraged me to write today’s post. Stephanie asked us the following question “Have you released the power and freedom that comes with telling people what God has done in your life”

 

God has been so amazing in my life he has helped me in so many ways and maybe he has helped you too. I decided to quantify my experiences by using the words below.

 

My life has changed from:

 

Adversity to Adequacy

Broken to Blessed

Calamity to Calmness

Defiant to Destiny

Empty to Evolved

Fearful to Fearless

Guilty to Guilt-free

Hardened to Humility

Inadequacy to Inspired

Judgement to Joy

Knocked-out to Knowledgeable

Lonely to Loved

Miserable to Motivated

Neglected to Nourished

Offended to Obedient

Pain to Promise

Quarrels to Quenched

Rejected to Renewed

Sorrow to Saved

Tormented to Talented

Undeserving to Unified

Victimized to Victorious

Worried to Whole

Yucky to Youthful

Zapped to Zealous

 

My life has evolved so much within this past year; because I made a choice to give it over to GOD. I became free a year ago and I am redeemed. God encourages the redeemed to share their story as well. How has God changed your life?

 

 

 

Exercise:

Dear God,

Thank you for being so amazing in my life. Thank you so much for showing up so amazingly and abundantly more than I could ask or ever think. I love you!

 

Commit to the challenge. I DARE you.

                      Lereca Monik

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Discernment

  
Define

Discernment can be defined as the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure; an act of perceiving something; a power to see what is not evident to the average mind.” 

 

Affirm

Hebrews 5:14 “But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” 

 

Recall

A girlfriend and I got into a conversation about portraying a Christ-like attitude. In our conversation, we had varying positions being Christ-like. My belief about Christ is that he prayed for himself and others; but Christ was always an action. Christ helped, healed, gave, rebuked, calmed, delivered, refined, improved, influenced, and taught just to name a few.  

 

My position in our conversation was that when Christ could help someone in need, he would do just that. I made the statement that as Christians we should try to be more Christ-like. I gave the example that often we as Christians will often tell others we will pray for them- when in fact, we have the power to help them (offer an act of service). My friend made a statement, well I always ask GOD for discernment before I help others. She then said even if I could help someone, that doesn’t mean I will.  

 

Her statements confused me. Honestly, I was quiet uncomfortable with her statement because a few months prior- I had asked her for help (and I really needed the help). She didn’t understand that I was in dire need, although I explained to her that I was. I thought to myself, maybe she prayed for discernment. I was confused by the true meaning of discernment so of course I sought GOD. Here’s what I learned.

 

1. Discernment is a gift. Just like other gifts given by GOD, some of us were graced with the gift of discernment. Those with the gift of discernment can recognize authenticity and are good judges of the character of others and can easily differentiate good vs evil.

 

2. Discernment is GOD led. The Holy Spirit will lead us or give us direction in a specific matter if we seek him. In order for us to receive his direction, we must spend time with the spirit and the spirit will guide us.  

 

3. Discernment is not the same as judgment. We often judge people, places, and positions based on what we see, what we have experienced, what we have been told, and what we perceive. Discernment frees us from past and helps us compassionately step into the present.  

 

After researching more about discernment, I learned that I didn’t clearly understand the power of discernment. I am so glad I did the research because I learned so much. I learned that human nature often causes us to judge someone else’s circumstances based on what we think their experiences are, we even sometimes judge others based on our own experiences. I learned that many of us are gifted with discernment from GOD and is a gift that if not used to give GOD the glory- our gifts might be diluted. Lastly I learned that we must rely on the Holy Spirit to help us when we need discernment over a situation or circumstance (discernment is not like a wild card- you actually must spend time seeking GOD’s wisdom).  


Maybe you too have judged someone and confused judging them as discernment. Maybe you too want to develop more of a Christ-like (action) attitude towards others. Maybe you want to gain more wisdom and develop a more discerning spirit.  

 

If this is you, I challenge you to ask GOD to show you how to better understand discernment- so that you can apply it to all areas of your life. Discernment is truth. Discernment is real. Discernment is present. Discernment is good. Discernment is seeing how God sees. May GOD help us to see things how he sees them. Spending time with him will help us learn how to distinguish good from evil. Let’s continue to seek GOD together in the area of discernment. I DARE You.

 
Exercise:

Dear God,

Thank you for helping me better understand discernment. Please help me to be free from judging others and help me to rest in your love when making decisions. I am so grateful your spirit will help me compassionately make Christ-like decisions.  
         ~Lereca Monik 

 

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